New generation of GOP leadership? Ron DeSantis says Florida offers ‘blueprint for success’
Image via AP.

'You don't even need to get into the nitty gritty of everything we've done.'

Florida’s Governor is arguing that not only is he part of the new generation of Republican leadership, he’s heading it with his “blueprint for success.”

Ron DeSantis was asked to respond to statements from presidential candidate Nikki Haley and Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders that used the “new generation” trope, and he pointed to his record in Florida as the prime example of that forward thinking.

“Now, we’ve had a lot of success in Florida long before I was here and I appreciate a lot of that,” DeSantis said.

“But I think I was able to come in at a time where we’re able to take the bull by the horns, navigate a lot of significant issues from COVID-19 to all these other things and do it in a way that’s leading the nation on issue after issue,” DeSantis added. “And so we’ve established here in Florida a blueprint for success that other states can follow, and you don’t even need to get into the nitty gritty of everything we’ve done.”

In case people wanted to get into the “nitty gritty,” however, DeSantis Wednesday promoted his upcoming book, The Courage to Be Free, set to be released later this month.

“I do think we’ve been able to come in and for those of you who are interested in learning more about this story, I actually have a book coming out that talks a little bit about it. But I do think that that we were just given the opportunity to really run with this and take kind of the model of Florida from being one that is really full spectrum dealing with all the issues that matter to so many people.”

While Gov. Sanders’ statement drew a national audience as the official Republican response to the State of the Union address, it’s likely that Haley’s statement will have more resonance, given her just-launched campaign.

Despite Haley entering the 2024 race early, DeSantis said Tuesday he’s not willing to divulge when or if he will launch his expected White House run. Teasing the reporter who asked, he said, “Wouldn’t you like to know?”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • cassandra

    February 15, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Meatball Ron’s Blueprint: Ron DeSantis’ thought control agenda has caused Florida schools to ban or pull from shelves while waiting for review: a children’s book on Roberto Clemente; “The Hero Two Doors Down”, based on the story of a boy & his relationship with his hero, Jackie Robinson, due to “racist” content; ….”Henry Aaron’s Dream”, due to “racist” content; and a children’s book about a kitten who shares sushi with her classmates.——Crooks & Liars

    Ron is so mad!! Wait until teachers stop talking about gender *COMPLETELY* in the classroom: no boys or girls, no mom or dad, no daughter or son, no sister or brother, no husbands or wives, no LGBTQ+, no heterosexual, no pronouns. And nobody changes their birth name, so Meatball will have to use ‘Ronald’. “Ronald Dion” LOL

  • Elliott Offen

    February 15, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    DeSantis is of Italian ancestry. Trump called him a meatball…in other words a greaseball. About the same as when he called Letitia James, ,”Letitia Peek-a-boo James” or Jigaboo James. Trump is a racist troll. His supporters are sub-apes.

    • Bad grain

      February 17, 2023 at 12:50 am

      His supporters are the earths leftovers.
      I was laughing while COVID was cleaning her floor with them.

  • Mac Wiseman

    February 16, 2023 at 6:40 am

    Our Nation has been highly damaged in every measurable catagory since Biden’s puppet masters seized control. Most leftist supporting posters here at FP are controlled and employed by Biden’s puppet masters. The remainder are just plain idiots…we should pray for those idiots. Seriously folks no rational person with normal mental faculities could support Biden’s puppet masters. Lord in Heaven please free their minds of the disability which has taken up residence in their brains.

    • Bob

      February 16, 2023 at 9:08 am

      You just don’t get nuance do you? Just because I look at republicans in both the state and federal congresses and think, based on their words and actions, that they’re morons, does not translate into liking leftist liberal policy. Based on conservative childish insults and name calling though, I’ll vote democrat all day long simply because they’re less offensive than you and your ilk. It’s good to be an independent so save your prayers for the folks who are murdered daily so you can play with your precious guns.

      • Mac Wiseman

        February 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

        My goodness Bobbie Sue you are really into Bobbie Sue’s tender feelings. Check your sack my man to be sure your peanuts are still in place. I shall pray for you and your tender sweet girlish feelings.

        • Wingman

          February 17, 2023 at 12:52 am

          Mac was Ron’s grooming buddy at that high school.

    • Elliott Offen

      February 16, 2023 at 5:05 pm

      👆Far right propaganda.

    • Mother Superior Slapshot, Bishop Hedman Academy

      February 17, 2023 at 11:07 am

      Oh jeepers creepers Mister Mac Wiseman, you sound like you didn’t have any puppets to play with as a child. Perhaps your parents could not afford puppets — they can be very pricey toys, you know. Or perhaps you did have puppets but you tried so hard to make them do what you wanted to do that you got very angry and shook them this way and that way and after all that…couldn’t get the strings untangled. We should all chip in and get you some puppets to play with. And if you don’t get all tangled up again, you could be the puppet master, bless your heart!

  • Virginia

    February 16, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    A “New Generation” Florida leader ought to be able to speak without using three tired cliches in one thought:

    “take the bull by the horns”

    “we’ve established a blueprint for success”

    “need to get into the nitty gritty”

    He’s not an Obama or JFK, is he?

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    February 16, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    Ron’s pro-Covid, anti-vax, anti-mask, anti-minority, anti-education, and anti-LGBT policies have attracted every knuckle-dragging, mouthbreathing GOP voter east of the Mississippi River to Florida.

    He’s popular with the absolute dumbest people in our state, but he also dragged more GOP votes away from the rest of the country and concentrated more of them in Florida.

    His antics won’t play well for the rest of the country if he decides to try to run for POTUS.

  • Joe Corsin

    February 16, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Trump called him a groomer and a greaseball. Said he would run third party and split the vote to favor the Dems if he doesn’t get the nomination. Trump said that Pope Ron DeSanctimonious should be washing his feet with his tears over his endorsement instead of running. Trump and his stupid supporters caused all these problems for the GOP.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn